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Lately, I've been reading a bunch of different books, so I hadn't finished anything for awhile. Yesterday I read in its 76-page-entirely Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome. There are good things that come out of sitting bored at the reference desk. For some reason I got the feeling that I'd read it before, though maybe I was famaliar enough with Wharton's style to be reminded of her other works that I've read.

Today I finished the book that I had previously been reading only on Sundays at work, The Adventure of English: the Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg. It was a really good read, following the English language from its beginnings and near extinction to the present.

I think that makes books 6 and 7 for the year.


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Apr. 12th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)

whew. good to get that Ethan Frome out of me.
Apr. 13th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
Good god, woman, Ethan Frome? Why not An Illustrated History of Decapitation or Jock Itch for Dummies?

I just finished Angels & Demons. Now I'm reading Deception Point. I'm hoping to score a copy of DaVinci Code at the middle school booksale this weekend. I guess it's obvious, but I tend to read everything by an author all in a row before I move on. I think it's similar to how I don't like my vegetables to touch my meat on my dinner plate.

I should try to read intellectual bogglers like you do, but who am I kidding? I like the tripe.
Apr. 13th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
Since so many people bought the DaVinci Code, I imagine it will be easy to get a used copy. We have a copy from John's mom, who got it from a sister, and my dad and brother have also read it. At least, I think we still have it. Maybe we passed it on to someone else already.

I dunno, Ethan Frome was short, easy reading, sort of like an old-time soap opera. I mean, have you read it? This guy is in love with his sickly-wife's cousin, and tries to kill both of them, but fails, and has to live with his mistake for the rest of his life.
Apr. 13th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
I had to read it for English class. I found the language difficult. Not difficult to understand, just...I dunno...boring in a bleak kind of way. We talked about all the imagery and how it mirrors his internal bleakness, but it left me feeling...fuzzy. After a good tragedy I feel sort of cleansed--say R&J or Oedipus Rex--but after that book I felt like a sucker. Maybe it's about sympathy for the characters, and I wasn't able to muster any for the two of them.
Apr. 13th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Too much analyzing!!! That was the problem with English classes.

hm, if you read it for an English class, then it's possible that I did, too, and completely blocked it from my mind...
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